How to Spend $20
By Kim Hollis
August 12, 2008
For people who are REALLY willing to suspend disbelief: Prison Break – Season 3
I gave up on this show a long, long time ago. In point of fact, I believe it was sometime during Season 1 when I threw my hands up in the air and said, "Okay, this is just too ludicrous." Sure, I love Dominic Purcell and had followed him from John Doe to this. I just don't love him enough to subject myself to week after week of the over-the-top storylines that Prison Break consistently employs. It's pretty much playing in the same sandbox as 24 with regards to ridiculous plots, and I gave up on that one during its first season as well.
Nonetheless, Prison Break has its proponents, somewhere. Apparently, these must be the people who think that T-Bag is something special to watch and don't seem to mind that they're watching a show called Prison Break when the lead characters are out of their prison and have become fugitives. If that's your cup of tea, the latest season will probably be for you.
For people who need to pay their tax bills: The Art of War II: Betrayal
Apparently, Wesley Snipes was able to take time out from his busy schedule of tax dodging and running from the law to appear in this sequel to the 2000 classic, The Art of War. That movie made $30.2 million at the box office and was obviously perfectly poised for a sequel. Snipes once again plays Agent Neil Shaw, who comes out of retirement and winds up in the middle of a plot to assassinate several senators. Naturally, he's been set up as the patsy in the operation. Just like he probably was when it came to his tax evasion charges.
For anyone who thought Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle needed more cute, fuzzy things: CJ7
I greatly enjoyed director/writer/actor Stephen Chow's work on both Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle, so I'm quite looking forward to seeing his more family-oriented film, CJ7. Although it doesn't have anywhere near the buzz or solid reviews of those first two films, previews I have seen do look charming and funny. Chow stars as a father who finds a strange orb in a construction yard and mistakes the item for a toy that his son has been begging for. That orb turns out to be an adorable alien, and he will wreak havoc in their lives while (naturally) teaching them some sort of valuable life lesson. I accept that it's going to be formulaic and a huge departure from his previous work, but hey, it can't be any more saccharine than E.T.
August 12, 2008
The American Mall (2008)
The Art of War II: Betrayal (2008)
Belly 2: Millionaire Boyz Club (2008)
Brand Upon the Brain (Criterion Collection) (2006)
Diana: The Witnesses in the Tunnel (2007)
Dick: The Devil Dared Me To (2007)
Happy Valley (2007)
How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer (2008)
I'm Through with White Girls (2007)
Inside the Circle (2007)
Irina Palm (2007)
Ninja Cheerleaders (2008)
The Orange Thief (2007)
Outside Sales (2006)
Prison Break: Season Three (4-DVD Set) (2007)
The Search for John Gissing (2001)
The Secret (2007)
Smart People (2008)
South Park: The Complete Eleventh Season (3-DVD Set) (2007)
Watching the Detectives (2007)
The Wire: The Complete Fifth Season (4-DVD Set) (2008)